Every morning we review the nastiest pitches from the previous day’s games in glorious HD GIFs. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite pitch and check back this weekend to see if it will be in contention for the GIF of the First Half Contest. Did we miss your favorite pitch? Send us a tweet next time @ThePitcherList and we’ll GIF it up + give you a shoutout here in the article.
Tyler Glasnow’s Curveball – We’ve heard plenty about Glasnow’s massive breaking ball, but this might be the best look we’ve had at it thus far with the great camera angle in Atlanta. Our favorite of the night was this Curveball to Rio Ruiz in the second that started in the middle of the plate before diving into Ruiz’s shins. Straight up nasty.
Danny Duffy’s Slider – It was another great night for Duffy as he did his part to quiet the ferocious Yankee bats in the Bronx Tuesday night. He mixed his heaters and Changeups well, while locating his Slider well as it danced on and off the plate. This slide piece to Jacoby Ellsbury is a perfect example of locating in the grey area where hitters don’t know if it will be a strike or not.
Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball – If you tuned in to this game, it was vintage Kershaw as he had a CGSHO stripped away from him by a “wild pitch”. Regardless, he fanned ten Cardinals hitters over nine innings, including many with his signature Curveball. Our favorite was this one to Stephen Piscotty that goes from noses to toes. (Thanks to Redditor SarcasticCroissant for the tip!)
Joe Ross’ Slider – Ross returned to the Nationals staff after a minor league stint and impressed with eight frames of one run ball. He executed some great Sliders along the way, including this pitch completely ate up Jarrod Dyson. (Thanks to Redditor efitz11 for the tip!)
German Marquez’s Curveball – When pitching outside of Coors, the talented Rockies pitching staff can be exposed in a big way. For example, check out this excellent Marquez hook in the first inning to Aaron Altherr that never stopped falling. (Thanks to Redditor freshposthistory for the tip!)
GIF Of The Night
Which was your favorite pitch? Vote below and the winner will be featured in the GIF of the First Half Contest.